April 01, 2011
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Reports today indicate that surfers on the west coast could soon be surfing amongst remnant derbis from the Tsunami in Japan.
Known as flotsam, the mass amount of wreckage sucked out to sea after the wave receded from land will eventually be driven across the pacific by wind and current, eventually landing on the US West Coast.
Oceanographer Curt Ebbesmeyer predicts that in a year shipping vessels could appear with small items made of wood or plastic taking two to three years.
It's said that only a small fraction will actually impact the coast. The reminder will likely get swirled up into the great pacific garbage patch.
Either way, reminders of this tragedy will continue long into the future.